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District Weekly News February 7

This Week in Valley View

News and Notes from Around the District

February 7, 2019


2018-19 School Calendar Revised, Last Day Tentatively Scheduled for May 30

As of February 7, VVSD has used three emergency days.  These days will be made up on May 28, May 29, and May 30.  The last day of school is now Thursday, May 30.  Please note this is still subject to change if additional emergency days are used. Click here to view the updated 2018-19 School Year calendar showing the addition of the three days and the tentative final day of the school year as Thursday, May 30.

Bolingbrook HS Earns RAMP Designation

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The counseling department at Bolingbrook High School is the latest Valley View School to achieve Recognized as a Model Program (RAMP) designation from the American School Counselor Association.  Schools that receive the RAMP designation from ASCA are honored for making an exemplary commitment to comprehensive school counseling programs. The RAMP designation, awarded for aligning with the criteria in the ASCA National Model, recognizes schools that are committed to delivering a comprehensive, data driven school counseling program and an exemplary educational environment.

Bolingbrook HS joins Brooks Middle School, Jane Addams Middle School, Lukancic Middle School and Romeoville HS as RAMP designated schools in VVSD.

Congratulations to the counseling team at Bolingbrook HS, our newest RAMP designated school: Nancy Clemens, Stephanie Clift, Maria Geesey, Danielle Girup, Tim Hilton, Erica Judy, Kathy Klein, Pete Noel, Mark Ondracek, Demea Richards Scott, Lauren Ross, Sherri Sambucaro, and Mike Soderstrom

Registration Now Open for VVEC 2019-2020 Community Based Tuition Program

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Valley View School District’s Early Childhood Program will be offering a limited number of placements for the half and full-day Community Based Tuition pre-school program for the 2019-20 school year.

The Valley View Early Childhood Center offers a diversity of experiences for students, with a focus on pre-literacy, mathematics, science, social and emotional development, social skills, and hands-on activities.  Music and movement are also key attributes of the curriculum which focuses on the development of the whole child and their self-esteem.

Full Day Community Based Tuition Program Pre-School hours will be 9 a.m.- 3:15 p.m. at a cost of $600 per month which includes breakfast, lunch, and a snack.  Before and after school care is also available through the Romeoville Recreation Department. Community Based Tuition Half Day Pre-School is for 2 1/12 hours per day at a cost of $245 per month.

Valley View’s Early Childhood program offers early childhood education for children three years old by the first day of school and no older than five years old on Sept. 2, 2019.  This program is open to all Valley View 365U residents and outside residents, with families who reside within VVSD boundaries given first priority.

To register online for the lottery for available placements in either the Community Based Tuition Full Day or Half Day programs, visit beginning Feb. 1.  Online lottery application closes on Thu. Feb. 28.  The lottery drawing will take place on Mon. March 4. Parents will be contacted via email on Fri. Mar. 4 if their child has been selected through the open lottery system.

If you have any questions, please call 815-886-7827.


AVM Honors Students for High Honor Roll and Displaying Viking Values

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This week, parents of several AVM students got up early and went to school so they could attend as honored guests the Student Recognition Breakfasts for A. Vito Martinez Middle School.

There was a breakfast for each grade level that honored High Honor Roll students (GPA of 3.5 or higher) and students were recognized for displaying Viking Values.

The 6th grade breakfast took place on Tue. Feb. 5 and we visited with AVM 6th grader Doria Quintana who was one of the students honored for her Viking Values.  Doria explains which school subject she enjoys the most.


Bolingbrook HS Students Art to Be on Display at Upcoming Shows and Competitions

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Artwork above left by Bolingbrook HS Senior Will Elsenbach, Photo above right by Bolingbrook HS Senior Dyman Jenkins.

Bolingbrook HS art students will be displaying their skill and creativity at three upcoming art shows.  First up is the Southwest Suburban Conference Show.  That show will be followed by the Illinois High School Art Exhibition in which students compete for millions of dollars in scholarships, prizes, and seats in summer art programs.  The IHSAE has two shows, the general exhibit and the senior exhibit.


McGee 1st Graders Celebrate 100th Day of School

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Students from the McGee Elementary School 1st Grade classroom of Ms. Dina Conti and Mrs. Denise Dodd share with the entire school during the morning announcements the news that it is the 100th day of the school year. Watch the Video!



Registration Now Open for Little Raider Preschool Lab

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The Little Raider Preschool Lab is part of the Bolingbrook HS Child Development Class, where high school students are learning to teach young children. The Pre-School lab offers a safe, fun and educational environment for kids and instruction which includes activities that encourage intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development. Little Raiders starts Thu. Feb. 28 and sessions are Tuesday and Thursday 11:15 am -1 pm thru May 10.

Registration is required. For more information contact Ms. Debra Taylor at (630) 679-3696 or


Black History Month Awareness Celebration Set for Feb. 9

The Black History Month Awareness Club & Valley View School District Present the 21st Annual Community Wide Black History Month Celebration “Soaring to New Heights” on Sat. Feb. 9 from 2-5 p.m. in the Roger and Pat Claar Family Auditorium at Bolingbrook HS.  Admission is free.

Romeoville Black History Celebration Sat. Feb. 16

The Romeoville Black History Celebration will take place at the Romeoville Recreation Center from 10 am- 5pm on Sat. Feb. 16.  The featured speaker is Lewis University history professor Dr. Mark Schultz. To register, call the Romeoville Branch of White Oak Library at (815) 552-4230.


Kudos for Noteworthy Achievements

The Jane Addams Middle School 8th Grade boys’ basketball team will compete in the IESA Class 4A Basketball Championship in Urbana on Sat. Feb. 9.  They will play Grant Middle School from Springfield in the quarterfinals at 11:30 am

Bolingbrook HS Letter of Intent signees

Five Bolingbrook HS football players signed National Letters of Intent to continue their studies and their football careers on Wed. Feb. 6.  From left to right in the photo Jake Nasca, St. Xavier University; Brandon White, University of Nebraska-Kearney; Lavontea Mayfield, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh; Elisha Armstrong, Fordham University; Cam Palmer, University of Indianapolis.

Bolingbrook HS sophomore and Cheer Team member Myles DeBose has been selected to represent the United States as a member of the USA Junior Coed cheer team in international competition coming in April.

Mr. Carey Ryan, Romeoville HS ‘97, was inducted into the DePaul University Athletic Hall of Fame on Sat. Feb. 2.  Mr. Ryan competed for the Blue Demons as a member of the track and field team and is a three-time Conference USA champion in the hammer throw.  He was named to two All-America teams and finished second in the 2002 NCAA Championships.

Seen Around Valley View This Week

Hermansen Safety Patrol Ward Hippo of Kindness College Fair at King Elementary

Left- The Hermansen Elementary School Safety Patrol on a rather balmy 28 degree morning.   

Center- Harriet the Hippo of Kindness is encouraging acts of kindness at B.J. Ward Elementary School.  This initiative will conclude with a live Human Hungry Hippo Game.

Right- Irene King Elementary held their college fair on Fri. Jan. 25.  Wolfie and his Joliet Junior College friends were joined by representatives from Lewis University, University of St. Francis, Illinois Midwestern and  National Lewis University. Wilco Career Center,, Local 150, Romeoville HS, A. Vito Martinez Middle School, and Professional Choice Beauty School.


Quick Notes- The next meeting of the Valley View School District Board of Education is on Monday, February 11, at John J. Lukancic Middle School, 725 W. Normantown Rd, Romeoville IL.  The Public Session of the meeting will begin at 7 p.m. In accordance with the Open Meetings Act, the Agenda for the meeting will be posted no later than 48 hours prior to the start of the meeting.  Click here to view the Agenda

The Romeoville HS Girls’ Soccer team is hosting the PepsiCo Frozen 100 Challenge at noon on Sun. Feb. 10 at A. Vito Martinez Middle School to begin "Random Acts of Kindness Week."  to participate in the PepsiCo Frozen 100 Challenge. Over 100 high schools throughout Illinois will be taking part in a one mile run/walk in their local town to bring attention to the fact that when everyone gives a little, we can make a big difference together.

The run/walk will begin at noon; participants are asked to please arrive at 11:45. The donation to participate is $1 per person.  All donations received from the participating high schools will be given as a surprise to a charity that helps children in Romeoville.


The Valley View Educational Enrichment Foundation is hosting their annual Dinner and Auction on Fri.Mar. 29 at the Bolingbrook Golf Club.  This year’s theme is “Derby Days” and a prize will be awarded for the best Kentucky Derby attire.  The event begins at 6 p.m. and proceeds from the event are used to fund grants for educational programs in VVSD. Click here for more information


Upcoming Important School Calendar Dates

Mon. Feb. 18                            Presidents’ Day- No Classes

Fri. Feb. 22                               Parent-Teacher Conferences, No Classes for students

Wed. Feb. 27                            Early Release (H.S. 12:43, MS 1:20, Elementary 2:15)


Events for the Coming Week

Thu. Feb. 7                               Martinez Middle School 8th Grade Student Recognition Breakfast 7:30 am

                                                Bolingbrook HS 8th Annual College, Trade & Career Fair 10 am

                                                Pioneer Elementary Young Authors and Literacy Night 6 pm

                                                Hill Elementary Bingo Night 6 pm

Fri. Feb. 8                                 Lukancic Middle School Dance 2:45 pm

                                                Salk Elementary PTA Sweetheart Dance 6 pm

                                                Tibbott Elementary Multicultural Fair 6 pm

Tue. Feb. 12                              Bolingbrook HS Choir Concert 7 pm

Wed. Feb. 13                            McGee Elementary Math Magicians Night 6:30 pm

Fri, Feb. 15                               Independence Elementary Sweetheart Dance 6:30 pm

Sat. Feb. 16                              Lukancic Middle School Middle School Solo/Ensemble Contest 9 am                                         


New This Week in the Community Bulletin Board

Bolingbrook Youth Baseball League


News from Our Community Partners

Romeoville Recreation Department

Winter/Spring Registration is now open.  Join the Fun at the Rec Center! Stop in or go online to register for your favorite classes.  See the Program Guide


Bolingbrook Park District

The Bolingbrook Park District Winterfest “Flurries and Fun” is coming up on Sat. Feb. 9 from 10 am - 2 pm at the Annerino Community Center. There is no charge to attend the event. For more information about Winterfest and all Bolingbrook Park District programs, visit the Bolingbrook Park District web site.

Heart Haven Outreach

Heart Haven Outreach is hosting their Annual 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament for middle and high school students at Brooks Middle School on Sun.March 3.  The deadline to sign up is Feb. 5.  For more details, call (630) 226-8403 or download the registration form at

Northern Illinois Food Bank

The Northern Illinois Food Bank is conducting mobile food banks and micro pantries in the vicinity in the near future.  There will be a mobile food bank available at White Oak Public Library-Romeoville Branch on Mon. Feb. 11 from 4-6 p.m.  B.J. Ward Elementary School on Thu. Feb. 28 from 4-6 p.m. Micro Pantries are designed to allow anonymous food pick-up for those in need and a drop-off point for those who wish to help. Micro pantries are accessible 24 hours a day. To find a Micro Pantry near you visit:


(That’s All for This Week)